An INS approach means that we recognise that caring for a loved one with a long-term neurological condition can be challenging. It can lead to social isolation, additional stress and reduced health and wellbeing. If you are providing unpaid care and support to an adult with a long term neurological condition INS can offer you support and advice.
You may not think of yourself as a carer but if you are looking after and support your partner, parent, relative or friend who is ill or disabled then you are a carer.
You may have become a carer suddenly; perhaps the person you care for had a stroke or head injury or your role may change over time if the person you care for has a progressive condition such as multiple sclerosis or Parkinson’s disease. INS can support you in a number of ways. Our range of services for carers includes training, education, support and respite. Services may be delivered in one to one sessions or in groups and are tailored to meet the carer’s needs.
You must live in, or be caring for someone who lives in the London boroughs of Richmond or Hounslow to receive our services.
Once your carer referral is accepted we will write to you to let you know. A member of the team will arrange to visit you at home. We will discuss with you how INS might be able to help. INS works with other organisations to ensure that carers can access a wide range of additional support. For example, with your consent we will also refer you to either Richmond Carers Centre or carers support services in Hounslow.
We will also send you our carers newsletter INSupport which provides regular updates on INS groups and activities. You may contact us at any time if you feel you need further support.
Looking after yourself
As a carer it is often difficult to find time for yourself, take a break or enjoy old hobbies and interests. As a carer sleep can suffer, eating become unhealthy and overall wellbeing suffers. By offering carer support, befriending counselling and group activities; INS aims to address carer’s needs and enable them to continuing caring for their loved ones.
A neurological condition is a disease, illness or trauma that affects the central or peripheral nervous system. Examples of symptoms include paralysis, tremor, cognitive difficulties, muscle weakness, poor coordination, loss of sensation, seizures, confusion, pain and altered levels of consciousness.